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Natural Regions, Cyrenaica

Libyan Desert, Cyrenaica, Akh, sand dunes, Green Mountains

In Cyrenaica the limestone Jabal al Akh?ar (Green Mountains) near the Mediterranean coast reach as high as 900 m (3,000 ft). The higher parts are covered with dense scrub and some pines and juniper. Rainfall is sufficient for some agriculture. South of the Jabal al Akh?ar lies an immense, but lower, sandstone plateau. This plateau makes up the western extent of the Libyan Desert, which is part of the Sahara. Much of this area is covered with sand dunes, especially along the border with Egypt. Several oases are located along the western edge of the Libyan Desert. The most important and most southerly of these is Al Kufrah, situated more than 800 km (500 mi) south of the Jabal al Akh?ar. Another 500 km (300 mi) of sparsely inhabited desert stretches between Al Kufrah and the southern border of Libya.

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Libyan Desert, Cyrenaica, Akh, sand dunes, Green Mountains, oases, western edge, Mediterranean coast, Sahara, Rainfall, juniper, Egypt, pines, agriculture, area


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